In a recent article , “What Is Mindfulness And Meditation, we discussed the Spiritual Life Dimension, one of the Nine Life Dimensions responsible for determining your overall health and well being. In discussing the benefits with meditation, one of the avenues we recommended, in keeping our spiritual well being centered and in balance, and in balance with all the other dimensions, is practicing meditation. We want to delve deeper into all the incredible benefits that can be realized by routinely practicing meditation, with the overall goal of experiencing great health and well being in your life, and even extending your life.
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about meditation, “meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought, or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.” Read more on Wikipedia’s had to say about meditation here.
How About Longevity and Life Extension?
Not only do experienced meditators look decades younger than their true age, but they also live much longer lives than the rest of us mere mortals, and the reasons why, are nothing short of incredible. Let’s take a look at the most fascinating age-defying studies making new headlines, and why meditation is the very best way, along with a few other things we’ll recommend, to “freeze Father Time.”
The Antooxidant Behavior of Meditation
So many products now claim to be antioxidants because it’s the catchy phrase now, it sounds healthy, and we are all willing to shell out our hard-earned cash without reservation, for
antioxidants. After all, who doesn’t want to :scavenge free-radicals,” whatever that means? Well, it has to be a good thing, right, if everyone is talking about it? But seriously, what are free radicals, and what are antioxidants, and why do they matter so much?
If you took Chemistry in high school, what’s the smallest part of matter? The atom, right? Well, your body has tons of them, somewhere around the number 7, followed by twenty-seven zeros!!!
When one of your trillions of atoms unpairs because of stress, an electron from its outermost shell breaks loose, and the whole body molecule becomes unstable and loses its negative charge, becomes chemically reactive, and extremely unpredictable. This is a free-radical. Free radicals need to regain their lost electron so badly, they resort to robbing it from the nearest molecule. Think of a drug addict so desperate for a hit, robs his own brother at gun point.
So, the offended molecule is made whole again with the robbery of the missing electron from its neighbor, and the neighbor now becomes the victim, because its now minus an electron, now it’s got to rob one from the nearest bystander, then the process continues, out of control, in a panic situation. In addition to the instability, the damage is already done, because the free-radical molecule has already mutated part of the body cell, affecting proteins, DNA, and cellular membranes, causing oxidation stress, even after it regains an electron.
If your body can’t effectively neutralize free-radicals, then an out-of-control chain reaction occurs, which best can be described as premature cellular aging. With trillions (6 with 21 zeros behind it) of your molecules reacting per second, oxidation stress is like dropping a nuclear bomb on your body tissue. The damage to you is quick and unbelievable! For starters, it mutates your cells, hyper speeds up your physical aging, resulting in things such as skin spots, sagging, wrinkles, hardens your arteries, damages your DNA, and countless other harmful things happen to you.
Arthritis, Athcroscierosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Diabetes, and Cancer, are just some of the conditions oxidative stress is responsible for. Your body’s inability to handle free-radicals, places you well on your way to countless diseases and critical illiness. With so many harmful avenues present, it’s easy to see why free-radicals and oxidative stress, is most likely the most scientifically accepted and well-documented cause of sickness and aging.
Antioxidants At Work
Back to the missing electron. Antioxidants simply work by donating a free electron to unstable free-radical molecules, stabilizing them as a result. In this way, antioxidants avert the free-radical hyper cell-aging process, which, otherwise, we would look like a LAX air traffic controller.
While you can get antioxidants from many sources, including natural sources, which we will cover later in this article, just being able to let stress simply roll off your back, is most likely the most natural thing you can do, that already exists in your arsenal, and that happens to be one of the incredible benefits for meditation.
Meditation Boost “The Mother Of All Antioxidants”
Backed by 117,000 peer reviewed scientific studies, meditations has been shown to boost “Glutatathlone” (GSH), which The Huffington Post proclaimed The Mother Of All Antioxidants,” Here is what the experts are saying:
- Gustavo Bounous MD, retired Mc Gill University Professor, told medicinenet.com that, It’s the body’s most important antioxidant because it’s already in the cell, and in prime position to neutralize free-radicals.
- Jeremy Appleton, MD, Naturopathic Physcian and respected author, was recently quoted as saying: If you look at a hospital situation at people who have Cancer, or other very serious diseases, almost all are invariably depleted in Glutatathlone, The reason for this is not completely understood, but we do know, that GSH is extremely important for maintaining entra cellular health.
GSH not only hinders oxidation stress, but also plays a role in the production of many critical enzymes, battles Cancer by slowing cell death, boost T cells, and shields environmental toxin damage, guards against resistance, while supercharging immunity. The biggest problem is GSH is not easily absorbed in the body when taking a supplement.
Meditation Boost Glutathione by 40%
Meditation supercharges your body with GSH. A well-documented fifty-one person study published in the Journal of Alternantive Medicine and Complementary Medicine, showed that, alongside Yoga, meditation boost the powerhouse peptide by no less than 41%. Like the mythical Li Ching-Yuen, can meditation help yu live an immortal-like life of 256 years? Ching-Yuen’s lifespan has never officially been proven, but he did at least attest his longevity to Tai-chi, a form of moving meditation. What can be confirmed is, meditation neutralizes free-radicals rather quickly. Meditation puts you firmly in the driver’s seat, for a long healthy life.
The Alternative To an Extreme Calorie-Restricted Diet
It is said by The World Health Organization, life ends at eighty, but wouldn’t it be much better to, assuming great health, to, live to 130? Of course, you would! According to an overwhelming number of studies dating back nearly a century, we can live that long in this world, a 60% longer life. Instead of cruising around the country in your later years at seventy, looking over seventy, in a Winnebago, you could be looking like your forty instead, although you’re seventy, and cruising around the countryside in a mid-life crisis convertible, or on a motorcycle. Wouldn’t that be something? But, how can you do it?
The only 100% absolute method of extending life, according to conventional wisdom, is, you guessed it, calorie restriction. You sort of have to starve yourself to death to live a longer, healthier live. Whether it’s mice, dogs, monkeys, fish, or whatever, being tested in labs, eating less high calorie foods has been shown to extend life without fail.
Nitric Oxide, The Life-Extending Substance
While meditation can naturally change the mind and body in ways to make you eat less, it’s a little deeper than that. Scientists believe eating less, or restricting calorie intake, leads to a longer life, meditation does the exact same thing, without depriving yourself of life’s greatest pleasure, eating. So, why does going on a hunger strike makes you live longer. THe most life-extending compound boosted by calorie restriction is nitric oxide. While mistaken sometimes for laughing gas (nitrous oxide), nitric oxide is so intriguing, that in 1992, it was recognized by the high coveted AAAS “Molecule of The Year Award.” In 1998, three scientists won The Nobel Prize in Physiology, for discovering the unbelievable number of ways this anti-aging compound helps the human body.
Nitric Oxide does it all! It controls high blood pressure, gives rise to erectile dysfunction, signals and alerts the immune system, dilutes the blood vessels, serves as a bacteria-killing antioxidant, slows Cancer cell growth, relays information from nerves to cells, and so much more. Your brain, arteries, immune system, liver, pancreas, and lungs, would quickly cease to function without this incredible substance. The more you have of Nitric Oxide flowing through your body, the longer you will live.
Meditation Boost Nitric Oxide Production
In 2007 researchers from the Cleveland Clinic and The Case Western Reserve University, took blood samples from eighty-eight Tibitans, with mind-blowing results. Can you guess
what they found? Try Nitric Oxide! Levels of Nitric Oxide in these Tibitans were over ten times higher than the majority of Americans. THe results were so significant that Wired Magazine rebranded Nitric Oxide as the “Zen Molecule.” Are you ready to become a Tibitan Monk?
Some researches tried to claim the high altitude of 15,000 feet had an effect on it, but a study done in 2014, by the Kemper Group at Ohio State University, have shown that even meditation practiced at normal elevations, still had 213% Nitric Oxide increase. Can meditation levels of Nitric Oxide mimic the longevity benefits gotten from calorie restriction practice, allowing you to live 60% longer life? Certainly more studies are needed, but, this is obviously another one of the incredible benefits with meditation. Results surely indicate that meditation can, perhaps, allow you to live a long healthy life of 130 years.
How Can Meditation Makes You Immortal?
Lobsters contain the enzyme “Telomerase”, and evidence shows lobsters are biologically immortal. If they are not eaten, or get hurt, or catch a disease, they can live for over a century. Recently, a fisherman from Newfoundland caught a twenty pound lobster estimated to be 140 or more, years old.
So, why are lobsters immune to aging, while the rest of us mortals just whither away? Lobsters owe their super longevity to Telomerase. While everything else in the animal kingdom, including us, gradually shut down this enyzme of Telomerase production, lobsters have the capability to produce it throughout their life. Instead of the enzyme dying off as they age, lobster’s Telomerase continues to replenish itself, saturated in the cells of this crustacean, as they become older, smarter and experienced, and bigger and stronger, as long as they can stay out of the lobster nets.
Meditation Can Make You Immortal
A 2011 study, by Doctors at the University of California-Davis, checked the white blood cell counts of thirty participants before and after being in a three-month meditation retreat. What did they find? Scientist discovered that the meditators were able to produce at least 40% more Telomerase units per 10,000 cells versus the control group.
On the results, Clifton Saron, PhD at UC-Davis Neuroscientist, said, We have found that meditation promotes positive psychologically changes, and that meditators showing the greatest improvement on various psychological measures, had the highest level of Telomerase.
Can meditators’ 40% increase in Tetomerase make us biologically immortal, like our ocean-bearing floor dwellers? While more study is needed, meditation’s proven anti-aging properties are increasingly promising.
The Best Of All Worlds
Okay, it looks like you have several choices available in eliminating harmful oxidation and free-radical damage in your body, to which, as we have discussed, leads to a general decline in our overall health, premature aging, and all types of chronic disease and illnesses. Those two are eating a low, or restricted calorie diet, and meditation. So, which do you choose? How about neither. How about doing both and adding a couple more healthy activities, we will discuss now?
Eat Fresh, Well-Balanced Nutritional Low CalorieFoods
I can’t stress fresh enough. You should be buying your organic fruits and veggies directly from a small farmer, or find a farmer’s roadside stand to buy them, at least nine months out
of the year. You should be buying grass-fed beef, and free-range chicken, and fresh fish and seafood, from a local specialty market. Read this article WHAT IS IN MACA ROOT, to learn more about one of these specialty markets and their fresh, certified organic, grass-fed beef, fish, and organic free-range poultry. Eat foods that are low in calories, low in fats, high in fiber, and high in anti-oxidant properties, such as (fruits and veggies having the highest anti-oxidant properties are first in the list) wild blueberry, dried red beans, domestic blueberry, pinto beans, cranberry, artichoke, prune, blackberry, raspberry, red delicious apple, pecan, sweet cherry, etc. Buy organic and non-GMO food. Stop eating fast foods, pre-packed, pre-processed, and pre-cooked foods, which are high in salt. sugar and chemical preservatives. Prepare at least one good healthy nutritious well-balanced meal a day for you and your family. If you rather not eat heavy at night, make breakfast your healthy meal, because that would start you and your family off on the right foot each day with fuel for your body. Drink a minimum of eight eight-ounce glasses of filtered water each day, and reduce the intake of carbonated and sugar-based drinks. If you drink adult beverages, which is fine, but, do it moderately.
Supplement Your Diet With A Natural Whole Food Adaptogen Maca
Have you ever heard of Maca? Maca is a completely natural and completely nutritious whole-food, organic, non-toxic, and none GMO, root vegetable which grows in the high Andes Mountains of Peru. Maca has been recognized as one of the few plant species in the entire world, to be classified as a natural Adaptogen. So, what is an Adaptogen? An Adaptogen is a natural plant, which has the ability to assist your body to “adapt:” to all types of stress, whether its physical, emotional, or psychological, caused by the damage of free-radicals in your body. As an Adaptogen, Maca also exerts a normalizing effect on your bodily functions, stabilizing physiological processes, and returning your body to homeostasis.
Maca is also recognized for possessing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. There’s that word again, antioxidant! Not only does it have the ability to manage all forms of chronic stress, it is also effective in relieving anxiety and depression, enhances energy level and endurance, has the ability to balance your body’s Endrocrine System, and all its hormones, improves circulation, enhances memory and mood, boost libido and fertility, reducing symptoms of Menopause in women by balancing Estrogen level, and is effective in treating erectile dysfunction in men. You should experience the wide-ranging healing properties of this ancient and amazing plant. For more information on this incredible medicinal plant, read these reviews:
A Healthy Combination For Your Spiritual Dimension and All Your Dimensions
Let’s put it all together. Eat fresh well-balanced nutritious, low in calories, home-cooked foods. Add the natural Adaptogen Maca to your daily diet for added assurance. Use a form of meditation each and every day to center your body and experience all the incredible benefits with meditation. Exercise moderately for at least thirty minutes a day five days a week. So, in reality you don’t have to become a Tibitan Monk, and you don’t have to starve yourself to death, do you? Doing these things routinely will go a long way in restoring and balancing all of your life dimension, and your overall health and well being, and possibly, even adding years to your life. Is it worth, you bet, your life depends on it!
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